Calendar of Events

April 2015

Apr 2

Free Tax Help

Monday 01/27/2015 - 04/15/2015
The city of Chicago offers free, confidential tax help at locations across Chicago from late January through mid-april Federal and Illinois tax return preparation and e-file are offered free of charge by the City's two partner nonprofits, the Center for Economic Progress and Ladder Up, which annually prepare thousands of returns with thelp of trained volunteers.
Families earning up to $50,000 annually
Individuals earning up to $25,000 annually
Taxpayers that need to file an amended return (i.e. make corrections to a submitted return) or that need to file tax returns for previous years (2011-2013) are encouraged to visit a tax site in March
Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) for yourself, your spouse, and everyone else that appears on your tax return
Photo identification
All 2014 tax documents (W-2, 1099 forms)
Bank account and routing numbers
Proof of health insurance coverage (i.e. Form 1095-A, private/employer insurance information) or Certificate of Exemption
Copy of your second or final property tax bill paid in 2014
Records of college-related expenses
Copy of your 2013 tax return
Wilbur Wright College
Fridays 10AM-4PM/Feb 6-April 10
Saturdays/9AM-12PM/Jan 24-April 11
Closed April 3 and April 4

Tax Prep Chicago

Apr 2

A Midwinter Night's Tale

Monday 03/20/2015 - 04/12/2015
Duplicity Ensemble is beginning their second full season of original productions with A Midwinter Night's Tale - a modern Shakespearean mash-up. The show runs March 20 - April 12 at Filament Theatre in Portage Park (4041 N Milwaukee). Wildly comedic and fast-paced, this world premiere production is perfect for ages 13 and up (no foul language or overtly suggestive material, but not a show for children). If you looking to see a little bit more storefront theatre in Chicago, then this is a great opportunity for you at a very reasonable price. In fact, Duplicity Ensemble is offering 2-for-1 ($10) tickets for folks in Portage Park and the nearby neighborhoods. All you have to do is go to, click the "Tickets" tab, and use the discount code PORTAGE. For more information, email [email protected].

Duplicity Ensemble

Apr 2

Spring Story Time

Toddler/Preschool Story Time
Thursdays, March 12-April 16, 2015
Ages 18 months - 4 years.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park Rd.

Apr 4

Easter Egg Hunt at Montrose Baptist Church

Saturday 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The 8th Annual Easter "Egg-Stravaganza" will be held at Montrose Baptist Church on Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am- 12:00pm. Families and children of all ages are invited to enjoy egg hunts, crafts, games, face painting, snacks , a CFD fire truck visit (pending availability), visits and photos with the Easter Bunny and a special Easter Celebration Show featuring high energy songs, exciting prizes and more! Admission to the event is free of charge. All children are welcome to participate in one of two egg hunts at 10:00am and 11:00am. The Easter Celebration Show will begin at 11:30am.
Montrose Baptist Church
4411 N. Melvina
For more information, please contact the church at 773-685-8628
Montrose Baptist Church

Apr 13

St. Pascal School Fundraiser

Monday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Pete's Pittz #2 is hosting a fundriaser that will donate 25% of the total sales on that day to St. Pascal's. All purchases whether you dine in, pick-up have it delivered or buy gift cards for future visits will all count toward the total.
Pete's Pizza
5847 W. Montrose

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Apr 13

Basement Flooding Part 1: Understanding Your Sewers

Monday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wade through the basics of understanding your sewer with Executive Director David St. Pierre and President Mariyana Spyropoulos of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). Join us for an overview of the combined sewer systems in the Chicago area and how they operate during rainstorms. Why do basements flood during heavy rains? What causes sewer backups? Most importantly, learn what you can do to prevent sewer backups, and what the City and the MWRD are doing to address these issues.
Austin-Irving Library
6100 W Irving Park Rd, 60634

Apr 14

Baby Talk Classes

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Parenting Issues class-The second Tuesday of the month.
Topic for the month is "Child and Home Safety"
Please RSVP no later than 3pm on day before the class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637

Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637

Apr 14


Tuesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
As a follow up to Basement Flooding Part I: Understanding Your Sewers, join Ryan Wilson of Elevate Energy/CNT's Rain Ready for an in depth exploration of the causes of flooding on your property and things you can do to help reduce basement flooding issues. This seminar will address areas - both inside and outside of your home - to help reduce flooding and sewer backups. Topics will include "how to's" on disconnecting your downspout, installing a rain barrel, and planting a rain garden.
Jefferson Park Library
5363 W Lawrence Ave, 60630


Apr 15

Beard School Fundraiser

Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Let's Go "BEARD" Families & Friends....
To The Gale Street INN!
4914 N Milwaukee Ave
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
(Lunch, Dinner and Carryout)
Eat, drink and have some fun and 20% of the total sales (before tax) will be donated back to Beard School Garden Sensory Program.
Please email Lucy Salgado for an email flyer for the fundraiser.You must present the Flyer to receive credit for the Event.
No other offer applies
Please note:
You can use/show your smart phone with the e-mail flyer!
Please forward e-mail to family, friends and co-worker to help support our school fundraising efforts 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards our school gardening enrichment program.
Please help plant the seed to inspire our children to be part of their school garden.
For questions and an email flyer contact Lucy Salgado [email protected]

Gale Street Inn
Beard School

Apr 18

Clean and Green

Clean and Green is an opportunity for neighbors, school groups and community block clubs to team up and clean and beautify areas in their neighborhood.
The Clean and Green day of service is Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Streets and Sanitation in partnership with CDOT and Mayor Emanuel are encouraging residents to call 3-1-1 to register to clean and beautify areas in their neighborhoods, including viaducts. The City provides the necessary tools, including white paint and painting tools for the viaducts only, for cleaning neighborhood areas.
Important Dates:
Registration deadline with 3-1-1: Friday, April 10, 2015
Tool Pick-up: Friday, April 17, 1am-1pm or Saturday, April 18, 7am-Noon
Clean and Green Day of Service: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Tool Return: Saturday, April 18, Noon-3pm or Monday, April 20, 7am-1pm

Apr 18

The Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo North

Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The Chicago Bungalow and Vintage Home Expo North - Chicago's largest and most popular home restoration, preservation and sustainable renovation expo - is now open for registration.
McFetridge Sports Center
3843 N California Ave, 60618

To RSVP at no cost, please click

Apr 20

Home Sweet Home: Money Saving Tips for Homebuyers and Homeowners

Monday 6:30 PM
This presentation by Kelly Malitz, senior mortgage loan officer for MB Financial Bank, is for homebuyers, homeowners and investors. Attendees will learn about the current market, why now is a great time to buy or refinance, and down payment assistance.
Irving Austin Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 21

The Less Stress Move: Taking the Mystery Out of Selling Your Home

Tuesday 1:00 PM
Dale Tippett, managing broker and senior real estate specialist, will address what you and your go-to-people need to know about selling your home without drama. This seminar is a must for long-time home owners, Baby Boomers and their parents.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 23

Turning 65 : Understanding Medicare Parts A & B and Medicare Supplement Plans

Thursday 11:00 AM
This educational presentation will cover eligibility, enrollment and the benefits of Medicare Parts A & B and the standardized Medicare Supplemental Plans available in Illinois. The program will be presented by Jeanet Reyes-Cordero, Community Relations Specialist, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.
Austin-Irving Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 24

Reverse Mortgages

Friday 2:00 PM
Terri Brady, Reverse Mortgage Consultant from Standard Bank and Trust Co., will give a seminar on the recent changes and new program guidelines which make reverse mortgages safer and more economical than in the past.
Irving Park Branch
6100 W. Irving Park

Apr 28

Lap Sits

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Parents and children 3 years old and under welcome.
Lapsits - The fourth Tuesday of the month.
Literacy-based group encounters provide you and your child a wonderful experience together. The primary goal is for you to interact with each other, although you will also enjoy the time with other families. Topic for the month is "Heart-to-Heart".
Please RSVP no later than 3pm on day before the class. Class closes 15 minutes after scheduled start time. Please be prompt.
Questions call 773-205-3637
Maryville Crisis Nursery
4015 N. Oak Park Ave., Building B
24 hour helpline:773-205-3637

May 2015

May 2

4th Annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Schurz High School
3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Join us as Schurz High School celebrates over 100 years of history by taking bold new steps into the future of teaching and learning! Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is a festival of creativity and innovation showcasing the incredible talent of our students, faculty, families, and wonderful new friends and makers from across the city, and even the country!
Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire is a community exposition of science, art, technology and creativity unlike any school program you have ever attended. Our event will include hands-on experiences, interactive demonstrations and creative endeavors true to the spirit of Makers: a D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself!) exploration for the entire family to enjoy.
Families, students and thinkers of all ages are welcome.
To VOLUNTEER sign guests into the FREE event with a smile, collect donations, direct traffic, help exhibitors, and answer questions. Lunch will be provided, and there will be opportunities to explore the Faire, too.
To be a MAKER, it is still FREE to showcase your stuff. As always, we encourage hands-on activities, learning and teaching of fun skills (catapult building, upcycling art, or making that-cool-thing), anything we haven't seen before, and young makers. Half of our Makers are 18-years-old or younger! We are accepting applications through April 6th.
To ATTEND, please reserve FREE tickets.

Links for volunteering, free tickets and applying to be a maker